Saturday, August 25, 2012

2012 NFC North Preview

I feel like the NFC North will be the best division this season. You know the Packers will be awesome, the Lions are the best young team out there, and Jay Cutler has weapons in Chicago. The Vikings will depend on an Adrian Peterson that may be returning to fast from a brutal injury. This all being said you never know how it may end up, but I have a pretty good idea. This will be the most explosive division in football, and probably the highest scoring.

1. Green Bay Packers- The Packers come off a spectacular season that watched them fall in the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers will be on top of his game once again surrounded by the usual suspects. Jordy Nelson had a big year, but look for teams to shut him down a little more this season. Greg Jennings also returns at WR and old ass Donald Driver will still be catching a few passes as well. The Packers added Cedric Benson to work the backfield with James Starks. If Starks ever gets healthy it could be quite a duo. The defense will be great for fashion points with Fantasy Owners, but that does not win Championships.
2012 Projection- (12-4)

2. Detroit Lions- The Lions are possibly the most exciting young team in football. Matthew Stafford has became a top tier QB as long as he is healthy. He threw for over 5,000 yards last season and has the best receiver in football to throw it to. The running game will be a big question as Jahvid Best may never see the field with his concussion issues. It is likely that Kevin Smith will carry the load and he is also injury prone. The defense is solid and boast the top young defensive player in the league Ndamukong Suh.
2012 Projection (10-6)

3. Chicago Bears- The Bears had it rough with injuries last season as they lost both Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. Caleb Hanie was god awful and Bears fans gave up hope quick, but this is a whole new season. The Bears added Michael Bush to the backfield with Forte, and brought back a familiar target for Jay Cutler in Brandon Marshall. Cutler and Marshall connected for three 1,000 yard seasons in Denver. The Bears are hoping to see that kind of production from the duo again in 2012. The defense should be a lot better since they wont spend 50 minutes per game on the field. Mike Tice will make it fun to watch Bears Football this season.
2012 Projection (9-7)

4. Minnesota Vikings-The Vikings also have some exciting young talent, especially Percy Harvin who can take it all the way at anytime. The Vikings may look to use Harvin on more running plays this season as they had very nice success in 2011. Adrian Peterson is the biggest question mark as it was just December when he tore his ACL. He says he will be ready for Week 1, but we will see if that remains the case. Christian Ponder is another year older and should show some improvement at QB. Ponder has a lot to prove being taken so high by the Vikings in the 2011 Draft. The defense has the Sack leader in Jared Allen , but that's about it on defense. The defense will have to improve especially in the secondary. That's a tough chore when you face Rodgers, Stafford, and Cutler six games per season.
2012 Projection (6-10)

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